Somebody said I was going to be their mentor! Me????? I am very honoured but don’t really think I am qualified for the role.
A bit of background – a few years ago, I met this guy. He was (is) lovely but he was a friend of a friend and when that friend went overseas, we kind of lost touch. However in July I bumped into him again. PE is small and everybody knows everybody and well it turns out he is also friend of one of my training partners.
When I met him again I was so impressed. He has always (and still is) battling with his weight and I don’t mean he is just slightly over weight. He is a very, very large man. But he decided to start running! When I bumped into him in July it was at the start of a half marathon. Holy Crap!!!!! He had been training and although slow he finished within the cut off. Very, very impressive!
We got chatting and it turns out he has put his mind to doing Ironman in April 2009 – and I believe he can do it – the problem is that most of the people he speaks to don’t! I can’t say that I understand his situation, because mine and his are very different, but I know what it is like to have everyone think you won’t be able to do it. I also know that it is the best feeling in the world when you prove them wrong.
If he really wants to finish then I think he will. Yes, he is going to battle! And yes, he really needs to improve his cycling (hectically) but I went round there yesterday and gave him a beginners programme that I used so hopefully with a structured program he will have the motivation to continue. He has also consulted his doctor and has the go ahead from him. So…..
I will keep you updated!